The first class of Monday morning , the week after spring break , made me realize that I was not ready for it. I was feeling drowsy and longed for little more rest and relaxation.
Fortunately, the professor didn’t show up and lecture was cancelled. I was overwhelmed with happiness, but the day had just begun and there were still other lectures to attend.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t overcome the habit of procrastination acquired during the short spring recess.
Sometimes, I blame the weather for being so dull and for making me feel sleepy. Also, expecting the onset of spring season, but still experiencing snow, creates a weary ambience.
Don’t worry about being a procrastinator, because everyone procrastinates at some time or another. But postponing things intentionally or habitually to the last minute can become a part of our lives.
We all have important deadlines to prepare for exams or complete papers and projects. Yet the moment we get caught up playing video games or messing around on smart phones for hours or even wasting time on social networking websites, we delay our work. And as the deadline approaches, we become agitated and start working on it in a rush to finish it.
We try to save our time with multi-tasking, though. Something like checking emails while on the commute from home to the classes is just one example.
Sometimes this time is used to listen to music to relax our minds or to pay off bills. Basically, we have learned to use time efficiently by getting the most out of the least through multi-tasking.
But in reality, this is procrastination. We don’t find the time to view our urgent tasks, as the inessential tasks rule over us. Regardless of the tasks ahead, we try to put it off and finish it in the nick of time.
The most important reason for the procrastinating attitude is freedom, which we receive when we enter college. We take it for granted in the name of responsibility.
We keep a belief that we will complete our work soon, but the time continues to pass and we lag behind.
According to the facts, procrastination is not considered a bad thing. And there are arguments for it. Researches and scientists say that there are two kinds of procrastination: active and passive.
If I have a realization that work is being unduly delayed and I am engrossed in doing something — which I consider more valuable instead — then it is active procrastination. If I just sit on the sofa or lie in bed doing nothing, then it is passive procrastination and clearly is a bad thing.
But sometimes it is beneficial to delay things to the later stage and plan for the last minute work. We’ll always have more things to do than we possibly can do, so putting off some tasks is necessary. We can then try to divide our time to fit the task accordingly.
Don’t be afraid of being a procrastinator as it depends upon you and your task. So, procrastinate now, but don’t put it off too long!
Shaurya is a senior majoring in computer engineering and minoring in computer science.